Study Shows Even Light Smoking Carries Serious Risks

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If you’re a person who smokes casually, maybe you light up a cigarette a few times a day in social settings, you probably think it’s safe, but you may want to look at it again.  That’s according to a Norwegian study of 43,000 men and women.  They found that smoking fewer than five cigarettes a day, commonly known as light smoking, triples the risk of dying of heart disease or lung cancer in men.  In women, the increased risk of lung cancer was five times greater.  Researchers looked at a 32 year period.  This is not a small study and it shows the concerns we must look into.  

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Movies Influence Smoking In Young People

Movies Influence Smoking In Young People

It is just the latest report to enforce a critical point that’s been made again and again since the 40′s. Young people who start smoking may be influenced to do so by movies they saw early in childhood. It doesn’t matter if it was Bette Davis or any of today’s present stars, when an actor or actress lights up, it influences kids. The latest study is from Dartmouth Medical School and it found that 80% of the exposure to smoking scenes in movies came through films rated G, PG, and PG-13. In this study, the researchers focused on more than 2,000 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12.

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Cigar and Pipe Smoke Does Carry Health Risks

Cigar and Pipe Smoke Does Carry Health Risks

Back in medical school, we were told about the dangers of cigarette smoking, but pipe and cigar smoke were clearly seen as less harmful. According to a study in the journal Nature, pipe and cigar smoke may be more harmful than once thought. Researchers conducted a study to determine whether pipe and cigar smoking was associated with elevated cotinine levels. Cotinine is the end product of tobacco and it can be detected in the urine. They also looked at airflow to evaluate lung function. Those who did not smoke cigarettes, but did smoke pipes or cigars were more likely to have airflow obstruction than those who never smoke. Clearly, there is no free ride and I think that’s the important point. If you’re thinking of abusing tobacco, you have to be concerned that there is an effect down the road.

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Depressed Adults Are Likely to Also Be Smokers

Depressed Adults Are Likely to Also Be Smokers

Depression and Smokers More than 40% of U.S. adults who have depression are also smokers, meaning people need help with both if they want to quit. According to a U.S. Government survey published, it says that more than half of middle-aged men with depression were also smokers, while half of women under 40 who were depressed also smoked. About 7% of U.S. adults had depression in the years 2005 through 2008. Globally, tobacco kills about 5 million people a year and according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s a big deal. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or about 440,000 deaths per year.

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